It’s Time to Boost Your Immune System
The winter is upon us and staying well while those around you sniffle and sneeze requires extra care such as loading up on the foods that give the biggest boost to your immune system.
Avoiding processed foods and refined sugar will go a long way toward strengthening your immune system. But you can do much more by selecting foods that are rich in immune-boosting nutrients.
Eating a diet rich in the following foods will be far better for your health than loading up on supplements. They certainly have their place but they’re only supposed to ‘supplement’ what you eat.
Here are what is considered to be the best foods you can eat to help protect yourself this season:
Locally Grown Organic Vegetables
When it comes to fighting off pathogens, you simply can't do any better than eating a variety of fresh, organic veggies for the vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and enzymes they contain. Make sure the veggies you choose are fresh.
One veggie stand out when it comes to helping to restore your immune system:
A chemical in broccoli called ‘sulforaphane’ switches on a set of genes and enzymes in specific immune cells.
It also stimulates a variety of antioxidant defense pathways in your body that can actually fight oxidative stress and slow down the decline in your immune system. Oxidative damage is thought to be one of the major causes of aging.
Besides being excellent for your metabolism, coconut oil is rich in lauric acid, which is known to strengthen the immune system. This medium-chain fatty acid disrupts the lipid membranes of offending organisms. When selecting coconut oil, make sure you choose organic and unrefined.
Herbs and Spices
Herbs and spices are at the top of the list of foods that boost the immune system. There are too many to mention here! So I will highlight a few that deserve special attention:
Thyme, ginger, turmeric, parsley, cloves, garlic and cinnamon
By eating these fantastic foods and herbs, you'll not only win the battle against the circulating viruses but also improve your overall health and longevity at the same time.
Recipe ‘Super Immune-Boosting Soup’
To put all this wonderful information in action, make this delicious soup, loaded with immune-boosting nutrients that will help protect yourself this season.